Most of us are familiar with classics like The Lost Boys, Salem’s Lot, Fright Night, and my favorite, Interview With the Vampire, but I’d like to share some of the lesser known vampire movies. Some are cult classics and others are obscure, but they’re all a ton of fun.
Shadow Of The Vampire
This is an extremely unique film about the making of the 1922 classic, Nosferatu. John Malkovich plays Max Shrek, the actor cast as the role of Count Orlock. The funny thing is that Shrek actually is a vampire!
Dracula: Dead and Loving It
I freakin’ LOVE Mel Brooks and this spoof on Dracula has all the slapstick goodness one could desire. Leslie Nielsen spoofs Gary Oldman’s role as Dracula, but I think Renfield stole the show with his flat-out goofiness.
The Night Flyer
Stephen King does yet another creative take on vampires in this film about a serial-killing vampire pilot.
This French Film about a trio who gets invited to an elite private party held in a remote mansion features spoofs on top of spoofs. It’s the ultimate in cheeseball goodness.
Vampire Hunter D
An incredible, classic Anime, this might be one of the first steampunk cartoons ever made. And it’s as evocative as it’s creative. …And I never knew a cartoon vamp could be so hot!
From Dusk Till Dawn
Fact: When Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez team up, they make awesome happen. The first half of the movie has you thinking it’s an action/ black comedy hybrid, but the story takes a turn when two criminal brothers take a hijacked RV and their hostages to a Mexican bar that’s only open at night. When the vampires emerge, the audience is treated to a fabulous combination of gore, action, and humorous moments.
Jackie Chan directed this, so you know it’ll be delightfully silly. When vampire slayers get caught in the middle of a vampire turf war, conflict, comedy, and a touching romance ensues. Also, the good vampire has the most pimped out coffin I’ve ever seen.
An African prince get turned into a vampire by Count Dracula and later finds his way to 1970’s Los Angeles in search of his reincarnated lost love. There’s plenty of horror, humor, and some parts that made me tear up a bit.
A really sucky band all of a sudden becomes popular when their bassist is turned into a vampire. For some reason that makes her hair flow around a lot without wind, though her talent didn’t improve. Anyway, she turns the band one by one (But the band still sucks) and they have a wacky time balancing feeding their hunger and getting to the next gig.
And the vampire hunter Eddie Van Helsing is on their trail. Plus, Alice Cooper has a few cameos!
These movies are my favorite. Nearly all the budget went to filming on site in Romania, so there are bitchin’ ruins and a really cool Romanian festival featured. However, the storyline and special effects are cheesy but endearing. And the villain is just plain fun!